One of NMC’s greatest strengths is its advocacy role with legislative issues (local, state, and federal) affecting county government.

As a key service to local government and as a source of information for local, state, and federal elected officials and government agencies, NMC’s public policy efforts reflect positions that represent the interests of all New Mexico counties. NMC has an outstanding reputation for its lobbying for local government, technical expertise, understanding of and respect for the political process, and its willingness to help build consensus for challenging and emerging issues at the state and federal level.

  • State advocacy through NMC legislative team
  • Federal policy and regulatory advocacy
  • Federal and state partner collaborations
  • NMC policy committee collaborations – Economic Development & Infrastructure, Healthcare, Legislative, Native American, Public Lands & Natural Resources, Public Safety Courts, and Tax Policy Committees
  • NACo policy committee collaborations – Large Urban County Caucus; Rural Action Caucus; Agriculture & Rural Affairs; Community, Economic & Workforce Development; Environment, Energy & Land Use; Finance, Pensions & Intergovernmental Affairs; Health; Human Services & Education; Justice & Public Safety; Public Lands; Telecommunications & Technology; Transportation; and Western Interstate Region
  • New Mexico Legislative Reports membership
  • Affiliate group email communication
  • Representation on NMFA Board, Water Trust Board, and Colonias Board
  • County support on policy/coordination with Office of the State Auditor and Office of the State Treasurer
  • Informational resources, research, and surveys

NACo (National Association of Counties)

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments before the Administration and Congress. NACo provides essential services to the nation’s 3,068 counties. Driven by a strong membership, NACo’s board of directors represents counties across America. County leaders develop and shape the association’s mission and goal.